Adoption community mourning loss of Steve Curtis Chapman's daughter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Christian singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman may be best known for his music, but many others recognize him for his work as an advocate for international adoption.

He's helped hundreds of couples adopt orphans from other countries.

A number of adoption groups offered their prayers and sympathy to Chapman and his family Thursday, the day after his 5-year-old daughter, Maria, was accidentally struck by a car and killed.

Brenda Barker, director of the Children's Hope International's Southeast branch, said the adoption community is devastated for the family.

The little girl was hit by an SUV driven by her 17-year-old brother, Will Franklin Chapman, in the driveway of their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

The child was the youngest of three daughters Chapman and his wife adopted from China.

During his concerts, Chapman often collects spare change from the audience and donates it to families trying to adopt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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